New Multifocal Daily Disposable Lens Provides Clear Vision at All Distances, All-Day Comfort and Helps Minimize Contact Lens Dryness
Bausch + Lomb Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BLCO) (“Bausch + Lomb”), a leading global eye health company dedicated to helping people see better to live better, today announced the U.S. launch of Bausch + Lomb INFUSE® Multifocal silicone hydrogel (SiHy) daily disposable contact lenses. Featuring a next-generation material infused with ProBalance Technology™ for all-day comfort and the company’s unique 3-Zone Progressive™ design, the new lens addresses the dynamic vision needs of patients with presbyopia by delivering clear vision with seamless transitions across near, intermediate and distance vision while helping to minimize contact lens dryness.
"Presbyopic patients have unique vision needs due to their age and lifestyle. Our Bausch + Lomb INFUSE Multifocal SiHy contact lenses were designed to directly address the common problems that they experience with multifocal contact lenses, such as contact lens dryness, which nearly 70% of multifocal contact lens wearers report experiencing during lens wear,"1† said Yang Yang, senior vice president, Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb. “With the prevalence of presbyopia estimated to be nearly 80% by age 45-55 in North America, and an increasing aging society in the United States that spends more than nine hours a day on digital devices, we are proud to use our latest science and contact lens technologies to provide eye care professionals and their patients with this new innovative multifocal lens option.”2-4
Bausch + Lomb INFUSE Multifocal contact lenses are made with a next generation SiHy daily disposable lens material (kalifilcon A) that combines exceptional breathability for healthy lens wear with a low modulus and high moisture, allowing the lens to maintain 96% of its moisture for a full 16 hours.5 The lens material is infused with ProBalance Technology™, which includes a unique combination of ingredients inspired by the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society’s DEWS II report and is released during lens wear to help maintain ocular surface homeostasis and minimize contact lens dryness. The unique 3-Zone Progressive™ design delivers excellent near and intermediate vision without compromising distance vision.
According to a recent study, 90% of presbyopic patients surveyed agreed Bausch + Lomb INFUSE Multifocal contact lenses allow them to effortlessly move from various tasks throughout the day.6 In addition, eye care professionals surveyed agreed that Bausch + Lomb INFUSE Multifocal lenses were easy to fit for 99% of patients.7
"Ocular surface changes that occur with age, as well as lifestyle changes such as increasing digital device usage, can have an impact on presbyopic patients, leading them to experience eye strain and other eye symptoms. As a result, multifocal lens fitting can sometimes prove to be a challenge, particularly with patients who express comfort and vision concerns,” said Mile Brujic, O.D., Premier Vision Group, Bowling Green, OH. "Bausch + Lomb INFUSE Multifocal contact lenses demonstrate consistent focusing power in each zone of vision, help ensure a smooth, wettable surface for patient comfort and are easy to fit."
In addition, eye care practitioners and contact lens wearers are encouraged to use Bausch + Lomb’s complementary contact lens recycling program to properly recycle their used contact lens materials, including Bausch + Lomb INFUSE Multifocal contact lenses, blister packs and top foils. For more information on the ONE by ONE Recycling program, including how to participate, visit www.bauschrecycles.com.
Presbyopia is a natural, gradual loss of the eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects. It is a normal part of aging that becomes noticeable around the age of 40 and continues to worsen until around the age of 65. People tend to become aware of presbyopia when they need to start holding reading material at arm's length, if they experience blurred vision at a normal reading distance or if they have eye strain or headaches after reading or doing close-up work. A basic eye exam can confirm presbyopia, which can be corrected with the use of contact lenses and/or spectacles.8
About the ONE by ONE Recycling Program
The Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling program is the first and only sponsored contact lens recycling program in the United States. This award-winning program collects used contact lenses, top foil and opened plastic blister packs from any brand and is available to contact lens wearers and eye care professionals. Nearly 13,000 eye care practices are registered as official recycling centers of the program. To participate, contact lens wearers can bring their used contact lenses and packaging to one of these practices, which collects the used lens materials in a custom recycling bin provided by Bausch + Lomb. Once the bin is filled, the optometry practice ships the materials to TerraCycle for proper recycling using a Bausch + Lomb pre-paid shipping label.
About Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the gift of sight for millions of people around the world – from the moment of birth through every phase of life. Its comprehensive portfolio of more than 400 products includes contact lenses, lens care products, eye care products, ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products and ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments. Founded in 1853, Bausch + Lomb has a significant global research and development, manufacturing and commercial footprint with approximately 13,000 employees and a presence in nearly 100 countries. Bausch + Lomb is headquartered in Vaughan, Ontario with corporate offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.bausch.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.
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†From a study that assessed the tear film, ocular surfaces and symptoms of ocular discomfort in 150 presbyopes before and after contact lens wear.
- Du Toit R, Situ P, Simpson T, Fonn D. The effects of six months of contact lens wear on the tear film, ocular surfaces and symptoms of presbyopes. Optom Vis Sci. 2001;78(6):455-462.
- Zebardast N, Friedman DS, Vitale S. The Prevalence and Demographic Associations of Presenting Near-Vision Impairment Among Adults Living in the United States. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017;174:134-144.
- The Administration for Community Living. 2021 Profile of Older Americans. Retrieved from: https://acl.gov/sites/default/files/Profile%20of%20OA/2021%20Profile%20of%20OA/2021ProfileOlderAmericans_508.pdf.
- The Vision Council. Hindsight 20/20/20: protecting your eyes from digital devices. 2015 Digital Eye Strain Report. thevisioncouncel.org.
- Data on file. Bausch & Lomb Incorporated. Rochester, NY.
- Results from a 20-site, 3-week study of Bausch + Lomb INFUSE Multifocal contact lenses on habitual multifocal soft contact lens wearers. 290 subjects completed a lens performance rating survey following the 3-week follow-up visit. Performance was rated using a 7-point agree/disagree scale.
- Results from a 20-site, 3-week study of Bausch + Lomb INFUSE® Multifocal contact lenses on habitual multifocal soft contact lens wearers. Eye Care Professionals evaluated fit/performance following the 3-week follow-up visit with survey responses for 292 subjects.
- The Mayo Clinic. Presbyopia. Accessed on April 13, 2023. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/presbyopia/symptoms-causes/syc-20363328.
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